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An accomplished writer in a variety of styles, Bob recently spent three years writing for the Monroe County Tourist Development Council (marketing the Florida Keys destination). His stories on Keys wildlife, diving, fishing, exploring and vacationing were picked up by The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, New York Times, Fox News, CBS Good Morning, NBC Today, The Weather Channel, Travel & Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler, Florida Sportsman, Outdoor Life and Sport Diver among dozens of other media.
Pensacola Beach sample showing oil below clean surface.

Uncovering the Secret in the Sand – Buried Oil Remains After Cleanup

1/20/2011 // By Bob Serata

Many of the oil-fouled beaches along the Gulf coast and barrier islands have been scoured, scraped, raked and filtered clean. Tourist beaches and beaches in front of high-rise condominiums along the Florida panhandle and eastern shores of Alabama are spectacularly white […] Read more >


Protecting our “Blue Heart”: Talking with Sylvia Earle about Whale Sharks, Sargassum, Oil and Oceans

12/29/2010 // By Bob Serata

Movie and TV stars don’t do it for us. But when my wife Belinda and I met Dr. Sylvia Earle as she came ashore from a dive boat, walking the narrow deck in her wet suit, still dripping, still smiling, […] Read more >


Entire Habitats Wiped Out by Oil, Dispersant and Fires

12/29/2010 // By Bob Serata

Hyperbole? If you’re visualizing an entire ocean, marshland, bay or miles-long beachfront destroyed, perhaps. But if you consider pelagic sargassum, that yellowish-brown seaweed that forms up into floating mats, clumps and weed lines (scientists call them “weedrows”), you will find […] Read more >

Are Red Crabs the Latest Victims of the Gulf Oil Disaster?

12/14/2010 // By Bob Serata

Life under 3,000 feet of sea water is tough enough. More than 1,300 pounds per square inch of pressure squeeze you. Water temperatures of 41°-45° F keep you freshly chilled. Hunting for food means scratching and scraping through the sand […] Read more >

Giant Ships Invade Mississippi Gulf Coast Island

12/14/2010 // By Bob Serata

There’s an industrial-strength landing site at the west end of Horn. Large crew boats, tugs and barges are anchored in the shallows next to channels between the islands that provide deep water access. Read more >

Gulf Oil Spill Symposium Scientists Build Research Framework to Guide Gulf Restoration

11/15/2010 // By Bob Serata

NOTE: this is the third post from the Gulf Oil Spill Symposium. Also see Symposium Looks to Alert Policy Makers to Impacts from Gulf Oil Disaster and Work Groups Begin Design of Early Warning System for Gulf Wildlife and Habitats. […] Read more >

Gulf Oil Spill Symposium: Work Groups Begin Design of Early Warning System for Gulf Wildlife and Habitats

11/10/2010 // By Bob Serata

NOTE: this is the second post from the Gulf Oil Spill Symposium. Also see part I, Symposium Looks to Alert Policy Makers to Impacts from Gulf Oil Disaster One glaring fact jumped out at me after listening to 40 scientists […] Read more >

John Hammond, regional executive director for NWF, interviewed by News Channel 9 in Florida

Symposium Looks to Alert Policy Makers to Impacts from Gulf Oil Disaster

11/9/2010 // By Bob Serata

The old rock tune goes something like “you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone.” That’s also a common problem in nature, especially after a traumatic blow to an ecosystem like the Gulf oil disaster. At Mote Marine Laboratory […] Read more >

Six Months After the Gulf Oil Disaster: Some Like to Remember, Some Like to Forget

10/28/2010 // By Bob Serata

“It’s a little bit like a hurricane,” said my wife, Belinda. “You get all worried and prepare for it to hit, then the hurricane doesn’t come and you’re relieved and happy. But you know it’s going to affect someone else.” […] Read more >

Staghorn coral (center) on healthy patch reef

Corals Won’t Survive A Shallow-Water Oil Spill Treated With Dispersants

10/14/2010 // By Bob Serata

A  shallow-water oil spill, even one that doesn’t reach the magnitude of the Gulf oil disaster, could kill miles of coral reefs. And it won’t be the oil alone that does it. At the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of […] Read more >

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